Prop. 30 is small price for stability
I appreciate the well-reasoned endorsement of Proposition 30, especially citing that Proposition 30 would simply maintain a previous taxation level and one lower than in 2009.
Some contributors have castigated the profligate ways of Sacramento in their opposition to this minimally disruptive tax hike to the little guy in our society. State revenue has declined dramatically over the last two decades.
During the good times of the 1990s, Gov. Pete Wilson reduced what had been a stable revenue source for years, the car tax. After the dot-com bust, when personal income taxes tanked, then-Gov. Gray Davis raised the car tax, only to be recalled.
Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared and promised no taxes and, again, lowered the car tax. Unfortunately, he then had to use gimmickry to balance his budgets. The final straw was the bursting of the housing bubble with the loss of billions of dollars in property tax revenue.
This kind of revenue loss threatens our school and university systems in ways that will profoundly affect our state and its competitiveness for years to come. Our education system was once the envy of the world. It can be again. Vote yes on Proposition 30.
Measure I will help our local colleges
My thanks to the paper for the informative and balanced coverage of the numerous ballot issues.
I urge readers to vote yes for Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Measure I to provide funds to restore course offerings that were reduced nearly 15 percent. Because of decreased funding during budget years 2009-10 through 2012-13, the colleges were unable to serve several thousand students.
Over the past three years, Las Positas College slashed 323 sections, losing 13,334 seats. Chabot College reduced 591 sections losing 25,402 seats. Those cuts have had a huge effect for students looking to transfer to a four-year university or continue their career training.
Chabot and Las Positas colleges serve as a safety net for students who otherwise could not afford college. Chabot and Las Positas offer essential career training through degree and certificate programs in area such as nursing, science, automotive technology, biology, health care management, computer science and many others.
Patrick M. Lofft
Exceptional results during trying times
The Emery Unified School District's K-8 elementary school, Anna Yates Elementary School, bucked the trend of most urban school districts in California by increasing student enrollment and exceeding state Academic Performance Index testing goals, an important measurement of district and academic success.
Anna Yates students exceeded 2012 API test targets with an overall API score of 815.
Board President Melodi Dice said, "These dramatic API results prove that quality teachers and administrators with a commitment to creating and sustaining a learning environment leads to success for every student."
Despite devastating Sacramento budget cuts, our teachers' passion for continuous improvement gets the results our parents expect and our students deserve. Our extraordinary family of teachers, staff, parents and students and our phenomenal community that cares deeply for its children and families proves that partners really do power student success.
Superintendent, Emery Unified School District
Need to fix notification for the death of voters
My brother passed away July 10. His death certificate was received and recorded by the county in Martinez in the same building as the elections office. To my surprise, when my husband and I received our voting ballots, we also received my brother's.
Being the honest person that I am, I immediately contacted the election department. I was told that it is up to the family to have the deceased's name removed from the books. It is not automatic.
Wouldn't it make sense for the county (in the same building) to contact the election department to remove his name? A simple program, with a simple click of a key to remove the persons' name off the books?
And you wonder why there is voter fraud going on all over the country. Conscientious voters are not informed about these rules and changes need to be made within the voting system. Our elected officials need to be made aware of this problem.
The solution is simple; Let's fix it before more dead people vote. This is totally unfair to our system.
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